Latest Harvard-Harris Poll Finds More than 6 in 10 Registered Voters Oppose Border Wall Between U.S. and Mexico

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The third monthly Harvard-Harris Poll, released in conjunction with The Hill last week, explores registered voters’ attitudes toward a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and events, including taxes and proposed tax reforms, the federal budget and how it should be spent (including defense, infrastructure, and the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border), and President Trump’s approach to diplomatic and military relations with Syria, Iran, China, North Korea, and Russia.

The nationwide poll of 2,027 registered voters was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll between April 14 and 17, 2017. A detailed presentation of the results may be downloaded at the link below.

When it comes to federal spending, nearly 3 in 4 registered voters (72%) feel it is extremely or very important to reduce the budget deficit, and the plurality feel the top priority in the government’s budget should be stimulating jobs and the economy. More than half of registered voters would like to see an increase in funding for police departments and crime prevention (54%), and a decrease in funding for foreign aid programs (55%). More than 6 in 10 (62%) say the U.S. government should not build a wall along the southern border with Mexico; this sentiment is strongest among Democrats (85%).

Features in The Hill can be seen here.     

The poll was supervised by pollsters Mark Penn, Harvard Professor Stephen Ansolabehere, and Dritan Nesho. Mark Penn is a former presidential pollster and has 40 years of polling experience. Stephen Ansolabehere has 25 years’ experience conducting survey research and experimental research in the field of political science. Dritan Nesho is a fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. The authors teach public opinion research at Harvard.

The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of Harvard CAPS and The Harris Poll. More details and results are available here.